Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Anniversary & Birthdays

Sunday is my parents' 51st wedding anniversary...last year 1 of my father's main goals was to celebrate 50 years with my mother and thank the Lord, dad was able to do so.

My husband, mother, and I are going to eat dinner Sunday at a local restaurant. The staff loved dad, prayed with him and for him...always inquired about him on occasions I ate there without my parents.

Tuesday is my mother's birthday - I bought a card the other day and did very well, averted my eyes from the anniversary cards, I could feel emotions trying to rise. Then I turned around to exit the aisle and there were the birthday cards for fathers and dads. My eyes welled up with tears and I thought you better exit quickly before you look like Tammy Faye Bakker! Wednesday is my father's birthday.

As we progress through our 1st year without him, we experience the roller coaster of emotion. We have had much more joy than grief...many more laughs than tears...

I am so thankful for our Lord and Savior carrying me through the grief, I am so thankful for the mercy and grace He pours out on my minute by minute as needed. I am so thankful for the forgiveness He extends me. I am so thankful for the wonderful, earthly father He blessed me with, I am so thankful I will see my father again. My father is now whole, living in the presence of the Lord...

I hold dear our Covenant promises, I hope you do too...

Romans 10:8-10 tells us:

But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

John 6:53-55

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.

7 comments:

Sheryl said...

I understand exactly how you feel. I receive comfort in knowing that my dad stands face-to-face with the One he served all of his life.

Sheryl

Linda said...

This is so touching Annette. I pray that during this time you will know an extra measure of His peace and comfort. You are such an inspiration.

luvmy4sons said...

Oh Annette. I can only imagine how much you miss him. And yes, God's promises are so comforting. I pray you receive an extra measure, along with your mother, of God's joy and peace.

annie's eyes said...

Shared grief is sweet though difficult at the same time. Trying to be strong for your mom may not be the goal. When we're by ourselves we are able to suppress it, for instance, as you selected the card, at least temporarily. But I hope you had some time to cry later. I like the shower for my place- as the water intermingles with my tears, almost as if there are more tears. Jesus wept, too. Grace covers all the rest. You're on my heart today and through the coming days as you walk bravely ahead, without your dad, but never alone. Love you, Annette

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I know how the firsts of everything is. I lost my step-mom after 30 years with my dad three years this December. I would always send him a thinking of you card on those special days. I find it better to send a general card on the birthdays of the passed and the anniversary than an card blatantly pointing it out. We know they know it's the anniv or bday but yet to send a general hopefully does much for the soul.

I also did it on Valentine's Day and other days that would have been special for them.

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